Custom-built database solutions that add value.

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Our core purpose is to help businesses capture and manage their data and documents.

We achieve this by providing custom-built database solutions over the internet, and have devoted the last 15 years to developing and refining an online platform that accomplishes this in the most affordable way.

Our formula for success is simple: We do not charge up front.

Simply put, we will collaborate with you for free to design a working database prototype that meets your needs, and we will only initiate billing once you are happy to begin using our system in production.

This has been our unique approach with prospective customers ever since our inception, and it is key to how we ensure that our solutions consistently add measurable value.

Our database systems are securely accessible from any device with a web browser and an internet connection - including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and even mobile phones.

And unlike off-the-shelf software packages - which are cumbersome due to their one-size-fits-all approach - our solutions are easy to use since they are tailored to your exact needs.

Key features:

  • Fully customisable databases
  • Simple and intuitive data-capturing interfaces
  • Document storage and retrieval
  • Configurable user access privileges
  • Detailed audit trail of all user activity
  • Daily backups (with the last 30 days of backups on hot standby)
  • Distributed cluster of servers with automated geographic failover
  • No vendor lock-in (all your data is securely downloadable for free)
  • POPI and GDPR compliance (SOC 2 ISAE 3000 Type II)
  • Fast, friendly, expert support

If you would like to know more about our offering, please contact us to set up a free consultation.

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Kontos Databases (KDB) was started by University of Cape Town computer science graduate KT Kontos out of his student dorm room at JE de Villiers House in the heart of Newlands during the winter of 2006.

Back then, businesses were spending significant sums on their enterprise software systems, which in turn depended on up-front investment into hardware infrastructure and its on-going maintenance.

Modern-day Cloud Computing was still in its infancy during this time, and buyers of software were understandably wary about trusting online third parties with their systems and data.

To address this concern, KDB gradually carved out its niche as an early Cloud pioneer by providing database software over the internet for an affordable monthly fee, and at no up-front cost.

15 years later, we are leaders in the field of custom-built database solutions, and we continue to use our old-fashioned approach of not charging up-front to steadily grow our business.

Due to the vast amounts of customer data that we handle, trust is a top priority for us, and to that end, we are very careful about who we hire. As a result, we prefer to approach senior candidates and contractors directly through our own personal networks, and therefore we do not deal with recruitment agencies.

That being said, if you are a student that is due to graduate soon, and are interested in pursuing an internship for either of the positions below, please contact us for more details on how to apply.

Please note: Student applicants without a full academic transcript will not be considered.

Software Engineer

A software engineering role at KDB entails both back-end and front-end programming. At the back-end, our database API and its assorted integration points require on-going research and development. At the front-end, a keen eye for user experience is required, and a solid grasp of Javascript is a must.

At a minimum, student internship applicants for this position must have:

  • Demonstrable experience with C++/Python/PHP (emphasis on data structures and algorithms)
  • Demonstrable experience with HTML, CSS, and Javascript (emphasis on user interface design)
  • Currently reading towards a degree majoring in Computer Science and / or Mathematics
  • South African citizenship and a Police Clearance Certificate

Database Reliability Engineer

Database reliability engineers at KDB devote the majority of their time to monitoring database servers and optimising their configurations for maximum throughput. This role includes constant oversight of our end-to-end networking infrastructure and database server clusters to ensure high availability.

At a minimum, student internship applicants for this position must have:

  • Demonstrable experience with SQL and its internals (emphasis on replication and / or clusters)
  • Demonstrable experience with Bash and Linux server maintenance (Debian/Ubuntu)
  • Currently reading towards a degree majoring in Computer Science and / or Mathematics
  • South African citizenship and a Police Clearance Certificate

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Sales office:
61 Katherine Street
Sandton, Johannesburg
South Africa, 2196

Office hours:
09h00 to 17h00 (GMT+2)